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World Johnson calls for UK talks after Scottish Nationalists win

13:40  09 may  2021
13:40  09 may  2021 Source:   msn.com

The UK is already stretched to breaking point. Boris Johnson's pile of scandals isn't helping matters

  The UK is already stretched to breaking point. Boris Johnson's pile of scandals isn't helping matters Life isn't much fun for Boris Johnson at the moment. Despite the United Kingdom's successful Covid-19 vaccine rollout and an end to lockdown in sight, the British Prime Minister finds himself engulfed in scandals less than a week before crucial elections take place. © Robert Perry/Getty Images Boris Johnson holds a crab at Stromness Harbour in July 2020 in Stromness, Scotland. The scandals range from allegations that he said he'd rather "let the bodies pile high in their thousands" than impose another lockdown to a formal investigation into exactly how he paid for a refurbishment to his apartment in Downing Street.

While Johnson realistically doesn't need Scottish votes to win general elections, any increase in demands for independence are extremely embarrassing for a man who gave himself the title, "Minister for the Union." In order for Scotland to actually become independent, Johnson would have to consent to a referendum, as happened in 2014 when Scots voted by a 10% margin in favor of remaining in the UK . While it's far from being the nationalists ' only contention, a central plank of the SNP's argument is that it could eventually rejoin the European Union following the UK 's departure.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has invited the leaders of the devolved nations to a summit on how "Team UK " can recover from the pandemic. It follows the SNP's fourth Scottish Parliament election win in a row and Labour's win in the Welsh Parliament. Pressed on whether the UK government would try to block legislation from the Scottish Parliament which pushed for a second referendum, Mr Gove said: "We are not going to go there", adding that speculating on legislation was "just a massive distraction".

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday invited the leaders of the U.K.’s devolved nations for crisis talks on the union after Scotland’s pro-independence party won its fourth straight parliamentary election.

Ballot boxes are moved before being counted for the Scottish Parliamentary Elections in Aberdeen, Scotland, Friday May 7, 2021. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Ballot boxes are moved before being counted for the Scottish Parliamentary Elections in Aberdeen, Scotland, Friday May 7, 2021. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)

Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party, said the election results proved that a second independence vote for Scotland was “the will of the country” and that any London politician who stood in the way would be “picking a fight with the democratic wishes of the Scottish people.”

Explainer-Scotland's difficult route to another independence referendum

  Explainer-Scotland's difficult route to another independence referendum Explainer-Scotland's difficult route to another independence referendumLONDON (Reuters) - Scottish independence supporters are calling Thursday's election the most important in the nation's history as they vow that if they win a majority in the devolved parliament, they will push for another referendum on breaking from the United Kingdom.

Pro-independence parties won a majority in Scotland ’s parliament on Saturday, paving the way to a high-stakes political, legal and constitutional battle with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the future of the United Kingdom . Scotland 's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the result meant she would push ahead with plans for a second independence referendum The nationalists argue that they have democratic authority on their side; the British government say the law is with them. It is likely the final decision on a referendum will be settled in the courts. 'Irresponsible and reckless'.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Scottish nationalists on Thursday to stop talking "endlessly" about a new independence referendum, saying most people wanted to see Britain "bouncing back more strongly together" after the COVID-19 pandemic eases. On a trip to Scotland to try to stem growing support for another referendum, Johnson opted for a blunt message, saying independence supporters had their chance in 2014 in a vote they had agreed at the time was "a once-in-a-generation event".

The United Kingdom is made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with devolved governments in the latter three.

Johnson congratulated Sturgeon on her re-election, but said to the leaders of the devolved governments that the U.K. was “best served when we work together.” The letter invited the leaders to a summit to “discuss our shared challenges and how we can work together in the coming months and years to overcome them.”

First Minister and SNP party leader Nicola Sturgeon celebrates after retaining her seat for Glasgow Southside at the count for the Scottish Parliamentary Elections in Glasgow, Scotland, Friday May 7, 2021. On winning her seat in Glasgow, Nicola Sturgeon, said early results indicated that her party was on course to win its fourth straight election in Scotland but that the final outcome would not emerge until Saturday evening. (Jane Barlow/PA via AP) © Provided by Associated Press First Minister and SNP party leader Nicola Sturgeon celebrates after retaining her seat for Glasgow Southside at the count for the Scottish Parliamentary Elections in Glasgow, Scotland, Friday May 7, 2021. On winning her seat in Glasgow, Nicola Sturgeon, said early results indicated that her party was on course to win its fourth straight election in Scotland but that the final outcome would not emerge until Saturday evening. (Jane Barlow/PA via AP)

Final results of Thursday’s local elections showed that the SNP won 64 of the 129 seats in the Edinburgh-based Scottish Parliament. Although it fell one seat short of securing an overall majority, the parliament still had a pro-independence majority with the help of eight members of the Scottish Greens.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is celebrating what he called “very encouraging” early results in a crucial set of British elections, after his ruling Conservative Party hammered the main opposition in a high-profile contest in the Brexit-backing town of Hartlepool. SNP Wins Second Key Marginal District (5:30 p.m.) The Scottish National Party won its second key marginal constituency in Scotland ’s parliamentary election, taking the nationalist party a step closer to the majority it’s seeking as a mandate for a second independence vote.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - Pro-independence parties won a majority in Scotland 's parliament on Saturday, paving the way to a high-stakes political, legal and constitutional battle with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the future of the United Kingdom . Scotland 's First Minister Nicola The election outcome is likely to be a bitter clash between the Scottish government in Edinburgh and Johnson 's United Kingdom -wide administration in London, with Scotland 's 314-year union with England and Wales at stake. The nationalists argue that they have democratic authority on their side

Sturgeon said her immediate priority would be steering Scotland through the coronavirus pandemic. But she said an independence referendum was “now a matter of fundamental democratic principle.”

Johnson has the ultimate authority whether or not to permit another referendum on Scotland gaining independence. He wrote in Saturday’s Daily Telegraph that another referendum on Scotland would be “irresponsible and reckless” as Britain emerges from the pandemic. He has consistently argued that the issue was settled in a 2014 referendum where 55% of Scottish voters favored remaining part of the U.K.

Proponents of another vote say the situation has changed fundamentally because of the U.K's Brexit divorce from the European Union, with Scotland taken out of the EU against its will. In the 2016 Brexit referendum, 52% of U.K. voters backed leaving the EU but 62% of Scots voted to remain.

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The bonds holding the United Kingdom together have been severely strained over the last five years by Brexit, the government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, and repeated calls by the Scottish National Party (SNP) for a new referendum on independence. In a video call on Friday with northern English lawmakers from his Conservative Party, Johnson said that devolution, which was introduced by Tony Blair, had been the former Labout prime minister's "biggest mistake" and "a disaster", media reported.

UK selected. Boris Johnson has invited the devolved nations to a Covid recovery summit. The SNP won 64 seats in the Scottish Parliament - one more than last time but one short of a majority.

When asked about the prospect of Johnson agreeing to a second Scottish referendum, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said Sunday “it’s not an issue for the moment” and that the national priority is on recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.

“If we get sucked into a conversation about referenda and constitutions then we are diverting attention from the issues that are most important to the people in Scotland and across the United Kingdom,” Gove told Sky News.

“Instead of concentrating on the things that divide, let’s concentrate on the things that unite," he added.

The Scotland results have been the main focus of Thursday's array of local elections across Britain. In Wales, the opposition Labour Party did better than expected, extending its 22 years at the helm of the Welsh government despite falling one seat short of a majority.

Labour's support also held up in some big cities. In London, Mayor Sadiq Khan handily won a second term. Other winning Labour mayoral candidates included Steve Rotherham in the Liverpool City Region, Andy Burnham in Greater Manchester and Dan Norris in the West of England region, which includes Bristol.

Scottish Leader Nicola Sturgeon Weighing Independence Vote for Country in 2022 .
Sturgeon's office told the Associated Press that "her intention [is] to ensure that the people of Scotland can choose our own future when the crisis is over."Sturgeon said she wouldn't rule out legislation paving the way for a vote at the beginning of 2022, a move Johnson has called "reckless" in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The Scottish National Party (SNP) leader, coming off her fourth consecutive parliamentary win, said that while Scotland's recovery is an immediate priority, a vote to break away from Britain is a matter of "when, not if." Results from Scotland's local elections last Thursday show that the SNP took 64 of 129 seats in the Parliament.

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